A Military History of India and South Asia
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A Military History of India and South Asia

From the East India Company to the Nuclear Era
Edited by Daniel P. Marston and Chandar S. Sundaram
Foreword by Stephen P. Cohen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/7/2008
Format: paper 256 pages, 8 b&w photos, 7 maps
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21999-2
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A Military History of India and South Asia provides a much-needed overview of the military history of the region since 1700, covering the areas that are today the states of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. In chapters devoid of academic jargon, leading scholars offer lucid introductions to topics ranging from the rise of the British East India Company, to the Indian Army in the First World War, to the rise of national armies and current tensions between India and Pakistan.

Contributors are Rajesh M. Basrur, Raymond Callahan, Bhashyam Kasturi, Daniel P. Marston, Tim Moreman, David Omissi, Douglas M. Peers, Srinath Raghavan, Kaushik Roy, Chandar S. Sundaram, and Channa Wickremesekera.

Author Bio

Daniel P. Marston is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (U.K.) and author of Phoenix from the Ashes: The Indian Army in the Burma Campaign.

Chandar S. Sundaram teaches South Asian, Southeast Asian, European, and military history at The United International College in Zhuhai, China.


". . . one of the first steps towards a deeper understanding of the conflicts in this region as well as helping to reintroduce the study of military history to academia. . . . an insightful and lucid analysis . . . ." —Andre Gerolymatos, Simon Fraser University

"The historical chapters on the expansion of the East India Company, the martial races and the role of the Indian Army during the First and Second World Wars shed new light on these subjects and make readers aware of new histography." —Harsh Pant,
Asian Affairs

"Intended for general readers, students, and academics, the volume offers fine summaries as well as stimulating case studies. . . . Recommended." —Choice

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Table of Contents

Foreword (Stephen P. Cohen)
Why This Book? (Daniel P. Marston and Chandar S. Sundaram)
1. The Armed Expansion of the English East India Company: 1740s-1849 (Kaushik Roy)
2. The Great Sepoy Mutiny (Raymond Callahan)
3. The Martial Races and the Indian Army in the Victorian Era (Douglas M. Peers)
4. "The Greatest Training Ground in the World": The Army in India and the North-West Frontier, 1901-1947 (Tim Moreman)
5. The Indian Army in the First World War, 1914-1918 (David Omissi)
6. Grudging Concessions: The Officer Corps and Its Indianization, 1817-1940 (Chandar S. Sundaram)
7. A Force Transformed: The Indian Army and the Second World War (Daniel P. Marston)
8. The Indian National Army, 1942-1946: A Circumstantial Force (Chandar S. Sundaram)
9. End of the Raj, 1945-1947 (Daniel P. Marston)
10. The State of War with Pakistan (Bhashyam Kasturi)
11. A Bad Knock: The War with China, 1962 (Srinath Raghavan)
12. Peace through Military Parity? The Tamil Tigers and the Government Forces in Sri Lanka (Channa Wickremesekera)
13. India's Nuclear Policy (Rajesh M. Basrur)
About the Contributors